Ellandi has been appointed strategic asset manager on Houndshill Shopping Centre, Abingdon Street Market and the Corporation Victoria Street portfolio in partnership with Blackpool Council. The assets comprise a key part of the council’s ambitious regeneration plans for the town.
The 298,000sq ft Houndshill Shopping Centre is adjacent to the Winter Gardens, close to the iconic Blackpool Tower, and was acquired by Blackpool Council in November 2019. It comprises over 55 stores, including Primark, Next and River Island. In addition, a new leisure phase including anIMAX-ready cinema will be delivered in 2023, along with new family dining outlets and a 22,500sq ft Wilkos.
Abingdon Street Market is a heritage asset in the heart of the town centre undergoing a full refurbishment that will provide a bright, modern space for shopping and socialising, incorporating a new 250 seating area, new stalls for food produce, food and beverage, artisan retail stalls and a coffee and bar area.
Together with Workman, one of Ellandi’s longstanding property manager partners, and Blackpool Council, the company says it will deliver on plans for the centre to support Blackpool’s position as a national and regional destination.
Mark Robinson, Ellandi co-founder, said, “We’re delighted to have been chosen to work with Blackpool Council at a time when the town is at the forefront of the Government’s Levelling Up Agenda. This partnership adds to the growing body of regeneration work we are undertaking with the public sector in Medway and Sefton.”
Cllr Lynn Williams, leader of Blackpool Council said, “Ellandi has a strong track history partnering with local authorities, transforming and managing retail and town centre spaces. The team’s experience will help us with our town centre recovery strategy, attracting more footfall, boosting the economy and creating more opportunities for year-round job opportunities for our residents.”